Centre for Wellness, Inclusion and Diversity
The Centre for Wellness, Inclusion and Diversity supports federal organizations in creating safe, healthy, diverse and inclusive workplaces by providing a single window to access system-wide initiatives and resources related to wellness, inclusion, diversity and harassment prevention.
Through its web platform, the centre offers coordinated and effective support to employees and managers who want to get involved in improving their workplace. It is meant to be a collaborative space where leaders at all levels can exchange cutting-edge practices and find new guidance and innovative ideas.
The centre’s web platform will also test whether the public service is equipped to deliver on its commitments using its signature Smart Dive approach.
A key feature of the centre is analysis on key priority issues. Using the entre’s resources, an inventory of existing initiatives, tools and potential solutions will be identified for broad policy questions. These questions reflect where the public service wants to focus its efforts. For example, an approach to achieve a “representative public service” could be a Smart Dive question such as “Is the public service equipped to increase the representation of Indigenous peoples in its executive ranks?”
The Smart Dive approach leverages the web as a tool for engagement and collaboration, and fosters a sense of community among those who want to lead in the area of wellness, inclusion and diversity. It seeks answers by complementing policy expertise with the lived experiences of individuals in the public service to generate new ideas and broaden support.
The Smart Dive offers leaders at all levels clear guidance and instructions as to how they can help the public service achieve its goals, based on evidence and principles of change management and behavioural science.
Connecting with public servants and beyond
To ensure strong connection with the practical needs of the public service, the centre collaborates with various networks and policy centres across the government, including the Youth, LGBTQ2+ groups, harassment prevention and employment equity networks.
At the same time, the centre is connected to an advisory council that will include senior bargaining agents, academia, industry leaders at the forefront of the wellness, inclusion and diversity agenda, and key deputy ministers from the public service. The advisory council will play a key role in shaping the Smart Dives, setting the overall strategic direction for wellness, inclusion and diversity, and help position the public service for future transformations in the workforce and workplace.
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